We are going to continue looking at trends in the hospitality property industry.

Some of these are things you may already be doing but if not, they might be food for thought.

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Local wild game and seasonal dishes

Travellers want a good meal, and to keep their guests in-house, hotel restaurants have to be competitive and look for new ways to impress their customers.


Hotels all over the world are integrating wild game from their regions or special locally grown vegetables or fruits onto their menus to create new and unusual local dishes.


Don’t be surprised to see everything from Alligator to Yak on your favourite hospitality properties restaurant’s menu.


More light

This may sound like a no brainer but as a large percentage of the baby boomers are getting older, there’s going to be a need for better-quality lighting.  Unfortunately, I can relate to this necessity. Look for an increase of LEDs in both guest rooms and public spaces.


Overall, there needs to be more variability in how light is adjusted and controlled.


Local Signature Aromas

Have you ever noticed that a particular scent can bring forth a rush of vivid memories? The smell of cookies baking might remind you of spending time at your grandmother’s house when you were a child or a particular perfume might remind you of a past romantic partner.


Why does smell seem to act as such a powerful memory trigger?


Well, the olfactory nerve is located very close to the amygdala and to the hippocampus, the areas of the brain and they are connected to the experience of emotion as well as emotional memory.


Now that that’s perfectly clear, it might make sense why many hotels are capitalizing on the strength of scent memory as a trigger for their guest. This can be done by partnering with local ascent company to choose unique aromas that shows the character of the hotel and its surroundings.


Exercising while on the Road

In-room workouts will rival the current hotel fitness centres.


In-room workout fitness programs will be made available for hotel guests by either providing new in-room fitness TV channels, or fitness or yoga DVD programs.


More properties will feature complimentary yoga mats in each room and bicycles for loan.


In-room High Tech

Higher tech goes without saying, but I will anyway.


The days where travellers travelled with only a book are a thing of the past. Now bringing our laptops, reading devices, smartphones, and tablets are a must and the days of searching for available plug-ins can no longer be the case.


It does not matter how impressive your property is, if it is hard to charge your electronic devices, your property will feel outdated. It’s a must that your guests have access to and are able to use their technology. Free Wi-Fi is also a must.


New Mini-Bars

The traditional Mini-bar will be a thing of the past
Healthy and items to promote the local region will be a priority in mini-bars.


Hospitality properties will showcase the local favourites, including specialities for the region; special food items, local treats, beers, wines or spirits.  They will also provide essential healthy treats such as coconut water, protein bars, vitamin drinks and pampering products like cucumber eye cream and homeopathic sprays, holistic product for immune system maintenance, locally made juices and teas.


That’s it today for our look at new trends…


If you have any interesting stories about new trends and would like to share, or have any questions or feedback you can leave them in the comments section of the show notes.


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